Pre-Endemic day 34: Covid-19 new daily cases at 1,054, Rt at 0.54

PUTRAJAYA, 5 May 2022:

With strong suspicions that many who have tested positive for Covid-19 are no longer reporting to the Health Ministry, due to them having mild symptoms, the latest 24 hours under review saw 1,054 positive cases recorded to bring Malaysia’s tally to 4,452,835 infections.

Still recording highest daily infections is Selangor (547), followed by Kuala Lumpur (113).

Double digits were charted in Penang (60), Negeri Sembilan (59), Johor (50), Kedah (40), Perak (37), Sarawak (32), Sabah (23), Pahang (22), Putrajaya (21), Melaka (20), Terengganu (14) and Kelantan (12) – while single digits were reported in Labuan (2) and Perlis (2).

The 4,107 discharges far outpaced new cases as total recoveries rose to 4,388,491 (98.6%), causing active cases to fall by 3,056 to 28,777 – with 27,361 (95.1%) in home quarantine, just 14 at Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) and 1,328 (4.6%) hospitalised.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted that the infectivity rate (Rt) had fallen to 0.54 nationwide – meaning that it takes exposure to an average of two infected persons before catching the virus.

He has also projected a spike of positive Covid-19 cases after the Aidilfitri celebration but a majority of cases are anticipated to be in categories one and two with no or mild symptoms, due to mass vaccinations already conducted among the populace.

Meanwhile, numbers at intensive care units are steady at 74 Covid-19 patients and 41 needing breathing aids.

The grim statistic of lives lost to Covid-19 added three more confirmed fatalities to raise the death toll to 35,567 with no new brought-in-dead cases keeping this subtotal to 7,528 casualties. The backlog of around a week for Covid-19 death confirmations is due to testing priority given to healing the living.

Active clusters dipped to 81 out of 7,010 identified todate as no new clusters were added for the fourth straight day.